Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire for Dec. 30
The News and Sentinel
NH Supreme Court rules against city of Keene in ‘Robin Hooding’ case (Keene Sentinel)
For a second time, the city of Keene took the so-called “Robin Hooders” to the N.H. Supreme Court; for a second time, it came away empty-handed.
Winter storm moves out; light snow possible on New Year’s Eve (WMUR)
Some areas saw over one foot of snow while many other places saw a few inches to over six inches. Coastal areas were hit by a mix of rain and snow.
Detective: Suspect in DHHS data breach said he was ‘bored’ (Union Leader)
The ex-New Hampshire Hospital patient who officials believe is behind a massive data breach affecting 15,000 people told investigators he copied the information because he was “bored and not happy being in the hospital,” according to a newly unsealed affidavit.
Keene dentist sentenced on drug charges (Keene Sentinel)
A Keene dentist whose ability to issue prescriptions for controlled drugs was suspended by the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners in November 2014 was recently sentenced on drug charges in Cheshire County Superior Court.
Update: Fire Investigators On Scene at First Baptist Church; Congregation Plans to Rebuild (Valley News)
Thursday afternoon update: The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office is inspecting the remnants of a three-alarm fire that gutted the First Baptist Church in downtown Lebanon overnight.
Five overdoses, two of them fatal, in Salem since Christmas Eve (Union Leader)
SALEM – Police are investigating whether a tainted dose of heroin or fentanyl played a role in a rash of drug overdoses since Christmas Eve.
Power outages starting to get reported across NH during Nor’easter (NH1)
The snow is continuing to come down outside and power outages are starting to be reported.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock to ‘Freeze’ Pension Plan (NHPR)
Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock say a “freeze” on the health care system’s pension plan for its more than 5,000 participating current and former employees is set to take place at the end of January.
Foodstuffs: Concord Corner Market Serves Up Authentic Korean Food (NHPR)
If you’re in Concord and in the mood for some homemade Korean food, you might be able to find exactly what you’re looking for in the same place you get your late night snacks and drinks. Go Food Basket is more than a corner store. It’s also where you can get a jar of kimchi or a warm Korean meal on the go.
Marin’s attorneys file appeal (Nashua Telegraph)
CONCORD – Raising questions over whether a Superior Court judge erred by failing to dismiss several motions.
Two House bills propose funding increase for STEM program (NH Business Review)
Pre-engineering and technology curriculum would expand to elementary schools.
Meet legendary Colebrook newspaperman John Harrigan (NH Magazine)
From my vantage on a porch atop South Hill in Colebrook, the sun is an hour from setting.
NEWS AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD
Russia moves to expel US diplomats in response to sanctions (BBC)
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the request had been made to President Vladimir Putin.
To reset the conversation about race, college course starts with a DNA test (Washington Post)
An instructor at West Chester University led her students to learn more about their ancestry, and the test results delivered more than a few surprises.
The luxurious, 45-acre Md. compound being shut down for alleged Russian espionage (Washington Post)
Among the measures announced against Russia, the White House said the State Department would close two Russian-owned properties in Maryland and New York.
Obama, Israel and a Clash of Values Among U.S. Jews (New York Times)
While some Jewish groups have applauded the administration’s efforts in regard to Israel, others have seen the steps taken by a departing president as a mistake.
An auction of adults with disabilities launched Illinois’ troubled transition from institutions to group homes (Chicago Tribune)
It began with an auction of people with disabilities. Under Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois attempted to save money by transitioning people from institutions to group homes, but the state ignored evidence that those homes were underfunded, understaffed and unprepared to care for people with complex needs.
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